2016 Awards Programme

AWARDS FINALIST’S PRESENTATIONS DAY

9:45 am
Registration – refreshments on arrival
10:30 am
Bram Smith

Opening Address — Bram Smith, General Manager, Kiwi Innovation Network Ltd

Bram Smith is the founding General Manager of the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet). Bram has a background in mechanical and biomedical engineering with specific experience in software development and project management. He has a history with start-up ventures including starting his own company developing engine tuning software, and was closely involved in a biomedical equipment start-up company from Aalborg University in Denmark. Bram holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Canterbury.

10:35 am
Michelle Dickinson

Master of Ceremonies: Michelle Dickinson, Senior Lecturer - University of Auckland

Invisibility and invincibility are two superpowers that Dr Michelle Dickinson always dreamed of as a child, and is still trying to achieve them through setting up her Nanomechanical testing laboratory at the University of Auckland.

With a background in fracture mechanics Michelle is formally trained in breaking engineering components, but is passionate about devoting her life to breaking stereotypes, through her science communication media work on National TV and radio.

Michelle has worked exclusively with billionaires and brilliant minds, offering her input into ways to harvest solar energy and create cheap and accessible drinking water as well as helping to design technologies for a sustainable future. A competitive kite surfer, casual rock climber and practicing martial artist, Michelle works hard to inspire females to push the boundaries in both science and sports and to encourage sustainable living through engineering design.

10:40 am

Norman F. B. Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award — Finalists' Presentations

This award recognises an upcoming entrepreneurial researcher who is making outstanding contributions to business innovation or is creating innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

  • Dr Anna Henning, Victoria University of Wellington & BOUTIQ
  • Dr Daniel Holland, University of Canterbury
  • Dr Carla Meledandri - University of Otago, The MacDiarmid Institute
11:35 am
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research & Business Partnership Award — Finalists’ Presentations

This award recognises the deeply embedded working relationship between a research organisation and business that delivers significant commercial value for New Zealand.

  • University of Canterbury and Canterbury Scientific Ltd: Biotechnology partnership
  • Callaghan Innovation and Manuka Health NZ Ltd: CycloPower
  • Scion & Sonae Industria: Woodforce
12:30 pm
Networking activity for entrants and the audience
1:00 pm
Lunch and networking
2:00 pm
Baldwins

Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award — Finalists’ Presentations

This award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

  • Dr Robert Hill - Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University
  • Dr Stephen Moratti - University of Otago
  • Associate Professor Cather Simpson - University of Auckland
2:55 pm
PwC

PwC Commercial Deal Award - Finalists Presentations

The commercial deal award celebrates excellence in research commercialisation delivering outstanding innovation performance and the potential for generating significant economic impact for New Zealand.

  • StretchSense: Soft Wear by StretchSense
  • Plant & Food Research:  vitalvegetables®
  • AgResearch - ZeaKal
3:50 pm

Insights from the Frontline of Commercialisation

Hear insights from the Awards finalists about their best and worst experiences of commercialising research and what they learned from them.

4:10 pm
BNZ

Vote for the winner of the BNZ Supreme Award

This award celebrates the supreme entry which demonstrates overall excellence in all core areas of research commercialisation. It recognises the presenter/s, as voted by their peers and the Awards Judges, for research commercialisation excellence that is well presented and inspires others - the spirit of the KiwiNet Awards!

You’ve seen the presentations and heard their stories - now’s your chance to vote for your favourite!

4:20 pm
Close of the day event

AWARDS EVENING RECEPTION

6:00 pm
Networking drinks and canapés
7:00 pm
Jeremy Corbett

Welcome by Master of Ceremonies – Jeremy Corbett

Jeremy is a 6’2” stand-up comedian, radio & TV presenter, and computer programmer who was born in Westport, grew up in Palmerston North and now lives in Auckland.

Jeremy and his family reside in the leafy yet controversial suburb of Mt Eden; many people arguing that it’s not really a Mount, but more of a hill. Either way it’s a volcano, so the shadow of death stalks his every breathing moment.

You most likely know him as the host of 7DAYS on TV3 Fridays nights. He has also hosted DEAL OR NO DEAL in New Zealand and has given his kiss of death to various other TV projects. He co-hosted MORE FM AUCKLAND’s breakfast show for 18 years.

Jeremy won Best Presenter - Entertainment Factual at the 2011 AFTA's and Funniest Person on TV in the TV Guide's 2012 Best on the Box Awards. Weird, eh? His entry was removed from Wikipedia due to “No indication of importance”. (Apparently it’s been re-instated which actually makes him feel less special).

7:07 pm
Hon Ruth Richardson

Opening Address – Hon Ruth Richardson, KiwiNet Board Chairman

The Honourable Ruth Richardson, the former New Zealand Minister of Finance, has considerable involvement in the local and international business community chairing the Jade Software Corporation Ltd, SYFT Technologies Ltd, NZ Merino Company Ltd, Synlait Ltd, the KULA Fund II Advisory Committee and Kiwi Innovation Network. Ruth is also a director of Synlait Milk Ltd and Ruth Richardson (New Zealand) Limited.


7:17 pm
Hon Steven Joyce

Keynote Presentation – Hon Steven Joyce (Invited)

Hon Steven Joyce is Minister for Economic Development; Minister of Science and Innovation; Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment; Associate Minister of Finance, Minister Responsible for Novopay and Minister for Regulatory Reform.

After completing a zoology degree at Massey University, Steven started the Energy FM radio station, and then with two business partners, built up RadioWorks over 17 years until, as a listed public company, it consisted of 22 local radio stations and four national radio networks with 650 staff in 20 branches around New Zealand. Along the way he developed nationwide music brands The Edge and The Rock. In 2000, RadioWorks was purchased by Canadian company Canwest. Steven retired as Managing Director in April 2001.

Steven then entered politics taking on the role as the National Party's first General Manager, and managed its 2005 election campaign. Steven chaired the National Party's successful 2008 national election campaign and was elected as a list MP. He was appointed directly to Cabinet as Minister of Transport, Minister of ICT and Associate Minister of Finance. In early 2010, Steven was also appointed Minister of Tertiary Education.

After chairing the 2011 election campaign for National, Steven was given the Economic Development, Science and Innovation, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment portfolios while retaining Associate Finance. In 2013 he took on responsibility for Novopay, and after chairing his fourth election campaign, was also made Minister of Regulatory Reform.

He has overseen the creation of Callaghan Innovation, developed the National Science Challenges, and implemented the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative. He leads the Government's Business Growth Agenda.

7:30 pm

Presentation of the Norman F. B. Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award

This award recognises an upcoming entrepreneurial researcher who is making outstanding contributions to business innovation or is creating innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

7:40 pm
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Presentation of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research & Business Partnership Award

This award recognises the deeply embedded working relationship between a research organisation and business that delivers significant commercial value for New Zealand.

7:50 pm
Karen Willcox

Guest speaker - Karen Willcox, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Karen is also Co-Director of the MIT Center for Computational Engineering and formerly the Associate Head of the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and masters and PhD degrees from MIT. She has served on the faculty at MIT for 15 years. Prior to that, she worked at Boeing Phantom Works with the Blended-Wing-Body aircraft design group. Her research at MIT has produced scalable methods for model reduction and new multifidelity formulations for design under uncertainty. These methods are widely applied in aircraft system design and environmental policy decision-making. Karen is currently Co-director of the Department of Energy DiaMonD Multifaceted Mathematics Capability Center on Mathematics at the Interfaces of Data, Models, and Decisions, and she leads an Air Force MURI on optimal design of multi-physics systems. She has co-authored more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and advised more than 40 graduate students, including 16 PhD students.

In addition to her research pursuits, Karen is active in education innovation. She is currently co-Chair of the MIT Online Education Policy Initiative and Chair of the MIT OpenCourseWare Faculty Advisory Board. In 2013-2014, she served as co-Chair of the Institute wide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education. She is a recognized innovator in the U.S. education landscape, where she is a 2015 recipient of the First in the World Department of Education grant.

8:05 pm

Intermission — light refreshments served

8:40 pm
Dean Moss

Guest presentation by Dean Moss, CEO, UniQuest Pty Ltd – the University of Queensland’s main commercialisation company and Vice Chair of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia

A UQ alumnus, Dean Moss has 30 years’ experience in science, academia, business, management and commercialisation in Australia, USA and the UK.

Dean has been managing director or senior business development executive of several health and biotech companies worldwide, including Agen Biomedical, Launch Diagnostics, AMRAD ICT, AMRAD Biotech, and United Drug.  He established his own start-up business in the UK, York Medical Technologies.  Prior to moving into the commercial world, Dean was principal R&D scientist at Agen Biomedical. He also worked as an NHMRC research scientist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. Dean is a recipient of the Campion-Ma-Playoust Memorial Award for Medical Research.

He is a board member of several Australian companies and was a member of the investment committee of the pre-seed venture funds Uniseed, the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund and the New Zealand Government’s KiwiNet. He is a current member of the NHMRC Health Innovation Advisory Committee. He has contributed to raising over $100m in venture capital investment.

8:50 pm
Baldwins

Presentation of the Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award

This award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

9:00 pm
PwC

Presentation of the PwC Commercial Deal Award

The commercial deal award celebrates excellence in research commercialisation delivering outstanding innovation performance and the potential for generating significant economic impact for New Zealand.

9:10 pm
BNZ

Presentation from BNZ - KiwiNet Strategic Sponsor

9:15 pm

Presentation of the BNZ Supreme Award

This award celebrates the supreme entry which demonstrates overall excellence in all core areas of research commercialisation. It recognises the presenter/s, as voted by their peers and the Awards Judges, for research commercialisation excellence that is well presented and inspires others - the spirit of the KiwiNet Awards!

9:25 pm

Close of Event